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Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility

Breaking Barriers: Empowering Primary Care Providers to be Instigators of Change in Hearing Health Care Practice

Untreated hearing loss affects health-related quality of life with links to social isolation, depression, and reduced financial security. For adults with concerns about their hearing, primary care providers (PCPs) are often a first point of contact for help-seeking, and yet for reasons that remain unclear, PCP referrals to hearing health care are inconsistently and infrequently practiced. We will use a community-based participatory action research approach to identify reasons for lack of referral and delineate strategies to empower BC PCPs to be key instigators for increased, timely uptake of hearing health care by individuals with hearing concerns.